Ag Preservation and Program Open Space: State Agencies Brief Committee

Today, the Joint Subcommittee on Program Open Space and Agricultural Land Preservation was briefed by State agencies on a variety of land use topics.  Representatives from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), the Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA), and the Maryland Department of Planning (Planning) were on hand to provide updates. The presentations focused on the status of land acquisition and preservation, as well as the impacts of the pandemic on agriculture and parks. MDA…

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Federal Judge Dismisses Lawsuit Challenging Governor Hogan’s COVID-19 Restrictions

A federal judge in Baltimore today rejected a lawsuit brought by several Maryland residents, business owners, and religious leaders challenging the constitutionality of a series of executive orders issued by Governor Larry Hogan aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19. The plaintiffs asserted a number of claims under federal law for violations of the First Amendment’s Free Exercise Clause, the First Amendment’s guarantee of the freedom of assembly, the First Amendment’s Free Speech Clause, the…

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Time Is Running Out to Apply for Missing COVID-19 Stimulus Checks

The Internal Revenue Service is reminding anyone who doesn't normally file a tax return that they have until 3:00 pm Saturday, November 21, to register with the IRS for an Economic Impact Payment (EIP). The only way to receive an EIP in 2020 is to register using the Non-Filers: Enter Info Here tool on IRS.gov before the Saturday deadline. According to the IRS, the only people who should register are those who don't typically file a…

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Worcester Announces Restaurant Relief Grant Program

The Worcester County Economic Development (WCED) is now accepting applications for a new program that will provide grants of up to $10,000 to local restaurants. The County is encouraging restaurant owners affected by the COVID-19 to apply for the Worcester County Restaurant Relief Grant Program. Applications will be accepted until Nov. 30, or until funds run out. WCED and an independent review board will award grants ranging from $5,000- $10,000 depending on the number of…

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Hogan Rolls Back Reopenings: “This Is Not the Flu”

Governor Larry Hogan announces new restrictions as COVID-19 infections skyrocket across the state. Governor Larry Hogan today announced a series of actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 in Maryland. “In addition to masks, avoiding crowds, and social distancing, one of the most important things you can do to protect your friends and family is to get tested for COVID-19" said Hogan. Maryland today reported 2,149 new COVID-19 infections, the fourteenth consecutive day of at least…

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Somerset Announces Restaurant Relief Funds

Somerset County today announced restaurant relief funding that will support full service restaurants impacted by the COVID-19 crisis. Utilizing $113,861 in State funds, Somerset County will distribute grants to help stabilize local restaurants. Applications are being accepted until December 15. From the press release: Somerset County Restaurant Relief Funding Applications can be obtained from the Somerset County Office Complex, 11916 Somerset Avenue Suite 202; Princess Anne, Maryland 21853. They can also be downloaded via the…

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Counties Partner with MDH to Distribute Free Masks

The Maryland Department of Health (MDH) announced today that it is partnering with local officials in Allegany, Dorchester, and Montgomery Counties to launch a new round of #MasksOnMaryland mask distribution events. On Wednesday, November 18, each county will host an event to encourage the use of face coverings in public places by providing free face masks to residents. Maryland today reported 2,149 new COVID-19 infections, the fourteenth consecutive day of at least 1,000 new cases —…

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Calvert Dedicates CARES Funds to Rental & Mortgage Assistance

The Calvert County Board of County Commissioners this week approved $300,000 in funding to provide low-barrier aid to help tenants and homeowners avoid eviction and foreclosure. The Department of Community Resources will oversee the relief fund. The program uses available funds received through the Maryland Coronavirus Relief Fund, established under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act. According to a County press release: Households must apply for aid before Dec. 15, 2020 to receive…

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CARES Funds: A Guide for Local Leaders

Tyler Technologies, a National Association of Counties (NACo) Premier Corporate Partner, on Thursday, November 19 will host a free webinar for local leaders and experts to share scalable, replicable ways in which cities and counties have used CARES act funds to strengthen their communities and create more resilient and responsive local government services amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Attendees will learn how their peers are using technology in new ways to facilitate remote work, interact with…

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Howard Launches “Stay COVID Safe” Campaign as Cases Surge

As Maryland for the thirteenth consecutive day reported at least 1,000 new COVID-19 infections, Howard County Executive Calvin Ball today announced "Stay COVID Safe" — a new communications campaign to inform and remind the public on simple steps everyone can take to stop the spread of the virus. "We will create a team of ambassadors to engage you, encourage you to wear masks and avoid hosting or attending large gatherings, and utilize partnerships within our…

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